The Texas Legislature has directed HHSC to report all payments made under the 1115 Waiver within 45 days of issuance beginning September 2015. Select the following link to view payment information: View the 1115 Waiver Payments
Opportunity to Comment on HHS Transformation
The process for transforming the Texas Health and Human Services System has started. A major component driving the transformation is public comment. Get details about public hearings and an online questionnaire you can use to provide comment on the transformation by visiting the HHS Transformation website.
Dr. John Hellerstedt Will Join DSHS as New Commissioner
Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor announced today Dr. John Hellerstedt is returning to the HHS system Jan. 1, this time as commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Read the news release | Read the news release in Spanish
Managed Care Stakeholder Workgroup - Part III
The Health and Human Services Commission is holding a third stakeholder workgroup meeting to gather input on ways to improve the managed care landscape, from both the member and provider perspective. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Brown-Heatly Public Hearing Room.
HHSC Announces Managed Care Organization Contracts for STAR Kids Program
The Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) is pleased to announce that contracts for the STAR Kids program have been awarded to ten managed care organizations (MCOs), effective October 1, 2015.
For more information on the MCOs that were awarded contracts and the service areas where they will operate, please visit the STAR Kids webpage.
Medicaid Provider Re-enrollment Update
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the previous March 24, 2016 deadline for Medicaid provider re-enrollment is extended to Sept. 25, 2016. Though this extension gives states additional time to ensure providers comply with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requirements, Texas Medicaid encourages all providers who have not yet submitted a re-enrollment application to begin this process immediately to avoid potential payment disruptions.
For more information, visit the Provider Re-enrollment page.
State Launches New Website to Help Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
The Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs, supported by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, has launched a new website — NavigateLifeTexas.org — to help families who have children with disabilities and special health care needs. The site is available in English and Spanish. More on the new website.
New app makes managing benefits easier
The Your Texas Benefits app is for people who get or applied for SNAP food benefits, Medicaid, CHIP, and TANF cash help. The app can be used to check case status and to take photos of forms and send them to the state. Read news release.
New website connects women to health services
The state has launched a new website, HealthyTexasWomen.com, a new one-stop hub created to help women find family planning programs and other state services. The new site, available in English and Spanish, connects women to programs for everything from general health care to breast and cervical cancer screening, pregnancy testing to prenatal care, and smoking cessation to mental health treatment.
Eat healthy. Save money.
Sometimes it’s hard to find time to plan meals or buy healthy foods on a budget. For help, check out our “Eat Healthy” web pages. These pages have tips for planning meals, shopping on a budget, and healthy recipes.
Electronic Health Record Ad Hoc Review Panel Accepting Applications
HHSC is seeking candidates for the Texas Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Ad Hoc Review panel. Ideal candidates would be familiar with EHR systems and the EHR Incentive Program. Responsibilities include reviewing materials related to the processes regarding Medicaid EHR incentive payments. Panel members will participate in discussions and provide recommendations to HHSC regarding the materials reviewed. Work is estimated to take up to 5 hours a month and meetings will be conducted by web or phone. All positions are voluntary. The term for serving on the panel is one year. Interested candidates should complete and submit an application.
Savings ideas open for voting
A list of money-saving ideas from health and human services employees is available for public vote. Our agencies are looking at the suggestions to see which ones are the most feasible. Tell us your favorites.
Health and human services system strategic plan
The latest strategic plan for the state’s health and human services system includes each agency’s goals for 2015-2019.
You can report suspected waste, fraud or abuse in health and human services programs to the HHSC Office of Inspector General online or by calling 800-436-6184. You may also make a report to the Texas State Auditor's Office by calling 800-TX-AUDIT.